The United States from World War II through the Early 21st Century

History N124B

Summer 2017
Second 6 Week Session
56 Barrows
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MTuWTh 12-2, July 3 – August 11
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The United States emerged from the second World War as a global hegemonic power forced to contend with domestic social conflict. This course explores United States history from World War II to the turn of the 21st century, through the lens of Black identity, Whiteness, immigration, gender, class, sexual identity, religion, and intersectionality. Special attention will be given to questions regarding democracy, political ideology, equality, and human rights. Lectures and readings will trace the experiences of women; the working class; immigrants; youth; and racial, ethnic, religious and sexual minorities. The course will consider in what ways marginalized groups experienced and responded to their inclusion in--or exclusion from--American political, economic, social, and cultural institutions. These questions are situated within the context of deindustrialization, the Cold War, globalization, and the role of the United States in international relations. This course satisfies the American Cultures requirement, and as such, emphasizes the experiences of White, African American, Asian Americans, and Chicano/Latino peoples.